Waynedale United Methodist Church
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Making Disciples of Jesus for the Transformation of the World!

October 29, 2017 Sermon

“A Boy’s Lunch!”
John 6:1 - 13
Ted Jansen  October 29, 2017  Waynedale UMC
1.)        I want us to consider the disciple Andrew and what he experienced one day. The Lord can teach us something from his life.     
            As I considered Andrew and what John describes for us in our scripture six phrases came to mind about what Andrew experienced.  As you understand Andrew’s story consider which one of these phrases God wants you to pay attention to.  
            Andrew:  was overwhelmed, heard the question, listened to others, saw what was available, obeyed Jesus, collected proof of a miracle.       
2.)        Andrew was overwhelmed.  We read in John 6:2 that a crowd was following Jesus.  Jesus, and His disciples, tried to get away from the crowd by going up a mountainside.  In verse 5 Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd in front of them. 
            The word great meant a lot of people.  When you put the word crowd which means a lot and the word great which means a lot one way of saying a great crowd is that there were a lot and a lot of people.  John tells us in verse 10 that five thousand were there.   That is a lot of people!
            These people were hungry.  There were a lot and a lot of hungry people.    
            I believed that Andrew was overwhelmed with the need and number of people.  Can you imagine that many hungry people in one place? 
Andrew was normal and natural to be overwhelmed with this need in a lot of people.  Even though he was overwhelmed Andrew did not let the need paralyze him.  
3.)        Andrew heard the question.  We read Jesus asking a question in John 6:5, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”   Though this question was directed to Philip Andrew heard the question.  Jesus wanted to make sure all knew what concerned Him.     
            This question that Jesus asked the disciples was meant to steer their conversation.  Each person was important to Jesus. 
As Andrew heard this question it made him think about the crowd of hungry people.   His heart was open as he kept this question in his heart. 
4.)        Andrew listened to others.  Andrew listened to Philip and his response, focusing on the money aspect of the answer to the question of Jesus.  Philip said in verse 7 these words, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”    
            Others, I am sure, talked and responded and Andrew listened to them.  We don’t have a recorded response that Andrew shared because as he listened he decided not to be negative but do something else.     
5.)        Andrew saw what was available.  It was Andrew who looked around, as he was overwhelmed, struggling with the question, as the answers of others were in his mind.  What Andrew saw was a little boy and his lunch. 
            I think that Andrew went over and talked to the boy and said that his lunch was needed for others and would he be willing to share? 
I picture the boy saying sincerely and honestly, “Yes,” Andrew I will share it with you and anyone that needs it. 
Andrew then offered the fish and bread to Jesus.  Even as Andrew offered this to Jesus, Andrew was uncertain about how this would work.  Andrew said, “”but how far will they go among so many?”
            Andrew offered what he could.  He offered a boys lunch.  He did something.  He was not held to inactivity by negative views or perspectives.  He saw what was available.     
6.)        Andrew obeyed Jesus.  The people were all pressing around Jesus and the disciples so Jesus asked the disciples to have the people sit down.  Andrew and the other disciples had the people sit down.  Andrew had no idea what was going to happen but they obeyed Jesus. 
            When the people all sat down that was when Jesus took the bread and the fish and thanked God for them and then he passed them out to the people. 
            Jesus did a miracle but it started because the disciples obeyed Jesus.
7.)        Andrew collected proof of a miracle.  Andrew saw this entire scene from beginning to end and after Jesus gave thanks to the Lord and passed out the food everyone had plenty.  It was a miracle.  Everyone had plenty to eat.  
            Andrew, along with the disciples, were told by Jesus to each get a basket and collect the leftovers.  John tells us that each basket was filled with bread.  As Andrew is collecting bread he looks in his basket and he has proof that a miracle occurred.  Andrew had more bread in his basket, the leftovers, than what the little boy offered.   Wow. 
8.)        As we think of Andrew and his story which phrase or word can God use to teach us today?  
*Are there times when we are overwhelmed by the needs of people and the numbers of people?  What overwhelms you?  We need to stop and allow your spirit to be overwhelmed and overtaken by what all God is letting you see and experience.     
*Have we heard the questions that Jesus is asking of us and others?  Where is Jesus directing us to pay attention through the questions we sense?  What is Jesus asking of us, today, in this time and place as it relates to the needs of others?    
*Are there times when we listen to all the negative opinions of others and it causes us to be pessimistic?  Wow, we live in a time when it appears that there are a lot more negative voices speaking and highlighting the negative in our world. If all we listen to are negative people and opinions it begins to make us negative and we can become distracted.    
*Are we able to see what is available to meet a need?  Are there times when we come and bring what we have, even with uncertain faith?  We are all one person and when faced with needs of many people we don’t have much.  One thing we can bring is our ability to see, to have vision, to understand that God has provided something for us.    
*Are we obeying Jesus Christ and what He is asking of us?  We might be asked to have everyone sit down.  We might be asked to pray, give, create a new ministry, love one person and not worry about the many.  We need to be obedient in our life of faith.    
*Have you been collecting proof that a miracle occurred?  Can you look in your basket and realize that what you see is tangible evidence in the presence of God?  Miracles happen!     
As you think about your life hear the brief true stories of several people who are like modern day Andrews.  May they inspire us in our day to day living.    
9.)        Hiram Frakes was an Andrew.  Hiram saw needs and people in the hills of Kentucky.  Hiram had no money but had a heart for God and people.  As Hiram saw the needs of people he wanted to share Christ and teach them. 
As Hiram offered what he had a man named Bill Henderson gave Hiram some land to help him start a school.  This fall a team of people went to serve the needs of people in and around Frakes, Kentucky through the ministry of Henderson Settlement.  Hiram, like an Andrew, was overwhelmed, heard Jesus questioning him, listened to others, saw what was available, obeyed Jesus and the proof of the miracle is in the hearts of team members and those whom they serve. 
10.)      Francis and Bobbie Mustapha are like Andrew.  They saw a need of people in the Madina village of Sierre Leone.  The need was great and they offered what they had available.  We have heard how God has blessed this work.  There is a school, a clinic, water and all sorts of resources for the teachers and families.  These are the evidence of a miracle. 
11.)      Katie Douglas is like an Andrew.   Katie wrote a book, “Kisses from Katie,” that shares her story.   Katie, as an 18 year old, went on a mission trip to Uganda for several weeks.  Her heart was overwhelmed by what she saw and experienced.  She believed that God wanted her to come back, and saw she did for a year. 
When she came back she fell in love with the children and their families.  Katie was led to live there and adopted 13 girls.  She also was led to start a Christian School called Mazima that recently opened this past February with 800 students.  Katie is 28 years old.  She seems like an Andrew to me.  The miracle is that one visit 10 years ago by Katie has produced hope for over 800 students and families.     
12.)      Each of you can learn from Andrew and others.  Each of us have our story and where God has placed us.  We might not be called to go to the backwoods of Kentucky or Sierra Leone, or Uganda.  God might want us to stay right where we are and be an Andrew.  Let your heart be overwhelmed and then see what is available and be ready for a miracle.      
Pay attention to one of the words or phrases in Andrew’s story that you need to hear.  I invite you to personalize these phrases with your name instead of Andrew.   
______, _______:  is overwhelmed, is hearing the question, is listening to others, is able to see what is available, is obeying Jesus, is collecting proof of a miracle.